The National Council for Agricultural Education
To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.
The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America’s schools by stimulating:
- the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
- program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
- the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
- expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.
Quote for the Week
"Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve."
To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.
2014 National Ag Ed Summit/National FFA Inservice
Please save the date to attend the 2014 National Ag Ed Summit and FFA Inservice January 28-30, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The theme for the Ag Ed Summit portion of the event will be SAE Renewal. The Council would like to see many state Team AgEd members make the trip and be present to discuss how we reinvigorate the SAE component of our agricultural education program striving to have all students involved in experiential learning that enhances their college and career readiness. The National FFA Inservice portion of the event will focus on updates and revisions taking place to National FFA programs and services in the coming year and will be facilitated by National FFA Staff.
If you are unable to attend the conference in person we will again facilitate the conference in an online format to allow those who cannot travel to Indianapolis the ability to watch and listen to the conference live or at a later time through recorded videos. Please be on the lookout in the coming months for further information regarding the full agenda and pricing for this year’s conference.
Deadline extended for band, chorus and talent applications
Have an FFA member in your chapter with some musical talents? Make sure they apply to be a part of the National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent at the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville. New this year: the first National FFA Talent competition! The application deadline has been extended to July 15.
How to write a winning thank-you letter
If there’s one thing FFA members are always encouraged to do, it’s write thank you letters. National FFA Southern Region Vice President Wiley Bailey explains why notes of thanks are important and what it takes to write an awesome letter. Watch now!
Bachelor's Degree Not Required for Many STEM Jobs
STEM is portrayed as the arena of the highly educated-bachelor's and advanced degree holders-but a recent Brookings report shares that half of STEM jobs are for workers with less than a four-year degree. CTE educates youth and adults for many of the occupations described inThe Hidden STEM Economy.
Ask Arne: Talking Teacher Prep
Is teacher prep a major headline issue for Secretary Duncan? (Spoiler alert: Yes.) What does he see as exemplars in the traditional and alternative models? How can we attract, support, and retain people who will become excellent teachers? Check it out.